The below modules are not one that I have taught, but ones that I want to teach. They’re modules that I would be excited to develop and deliver. Please ask me about them!
Human Responses to Artificial Intelligence
‘Artificial intelligence’ is a term often used in modern conversation, but what does it actually mean? How does artificial intelligence differ from human intelligence, and how is artificial intelligence being used? This module introduces students coming from humanities and social sciences traditions to artificial intelligence through consideration of its social and ethical implications. This module encourages critical reflection upon the term ‘artificial intelligence’, as well as exploration into the diverse human responses (both justified and unjustified) to artificial intelligence technologies.
Introduction to Book History
This module offers a fundamental overview of the history of the book. ‘Book’ is considered in the broadest sense of the term, encompassing any means of written communication. This module encourages reflection upon the technological, economic, political, and social implications of writing technologies through theoretical, historical, and intrapersonal reference.
Introduction to Digital Humanities
This module provides an overview of the exciting new world of digital humanities. It reviews the various facets of the field, introducing students to a variety of digital tools for text production, visualisation, statistical calculation, and other means of data analysis and presentation. This module depends upon both theory and practice, giving students hands-on experience developing and reflecting upon their own digital projects.
Introduction to Electronic Literature
This module serves as an introduction to electronic literature: digital-born texts that allow for (seemingly) new means of interactivity and multimodal experiences. This module explores the following questions:
- How do works of electronic literature conform to or affront conventional understandings of literature?
- What are the social and literature implications of the alternative forms of text consumption facilitated by electronic literature?
- Is electronic literature really literature?
Each class in this module uses one work of electronic literature as its primary case study. The final piece of coursework requires students to produce their own works of electronic literature.
Technologies of Text
This module scrutinises historical and modern writing and reading interfaces. It prompts consideration of each of these technologies’ implications for interpersonal and intrapersonal experiences of text. The primary aim of this module is to encourage students to think critically about how they produce and consume textual material, developing students’ media literacy through real-world examples drawn from history and the present day.
This module teaches students from a wide range of disciplines how to produce common forms of academic coursework such as essays and reports. It reviews various approaches to researching, critical analysis, and presentation. Students are encouraged to work both independently and collaboratively to produce and review written work. This module develops students’ writing skills: skills that are transferable to any academic or industrial context.